The Carpenter's Arms
89-91 Black Lion Lane, London, W6 9BG Directionshttps://www.yell.com/biz/the-carpenter-s-arms-london-5671232/#view=map
The Carpenters Arms is a delightful pub tucked away off King Street on the corner of St Peter's Square. Opened in May 2007, the pub serves delicious gastro pub food with an emphasis on seasonal British ingredients. There is a large garden for the summer months.
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Despite the surreptitious and initially unexplained substitution of a green salad for a tomato and onion one, our mains were good, as was the service, albeit a little pricey relative to other gastro pubs on the one hand and high street brassieres on the other.
We declined dessert, apart from coffees and a cheeseboard. Where our main courses had certainly been if not superlative then certainly enjoyable in both qualitative and quantitative terms, unfortunately the cheeseboard was somewhat lacking, particularly in the latter quality. I remarked on this to the waitress and was told that ‘it was only for one person’; all things are relevant and doubtless this is true in some circles, but not in mine, or I believe most; one piece was thinner than a well known after dinner mint.
Before the cheese course it is quite probable that we would have made at least one return visit; on leaving and without any real discussion we were all firmly convinced that we would not be.
The Carpenter's Arms is located on a quiet residential street, and doesn't look much from the outside. Inside is nicer, though it was a lot smaller than I was expecting, based on the reviews I had read. I liked the interior though, especially the 20's style light fittings and gorgeous vase of tulips on the bar. The young staff were friendly, though a little frazzled, and seemed to be suffering from butterfingers with at least three things being dropped while we were there - the noise of this, coupled with the screech of the burglar alarm made sure the customers didn't drift off while waiting, in some cases, quite a long while for their meals. Oh well, it was Sunday lunch, so what's the rush, right.
Must confess that we weren't blown away by the menu, it all sounded ok, but nothing really took our fancy on this occasion. We skipped starters and went straight for mains, opting for the Monk fish with seasonal greens, parsnips & bisque sauce, and the Rabbit & vegetable pie with purple sprouting broccoli. The pie turned out to be delicious, though the presentation made it difficult to eat. The monk fish was also nice, though over seasoned - all the individual ingredients were covered in pepper which overpowered the dish a bit.
Feeling that we hadn't sampled enough of what the Carpenter's had to offer, I suggested we shared the Bitter chocolate tart for dessert. This turned out to be a very good idea. The tart was excellent, and the crunchy Cracknel on top (toffeed-nuts) helped to cut through the bitterness of the chocolate.